In April 2011, the LYSANDER PIANO TRIO won both the Grand Prize at the Coleman and the 1st Prize at the Arriaga Chamber Music Competitions. Previously the Bronze Medal winner and highest ranked piano trio in the 2010 Fischoff Competition, the ensemble was formed by graduate students at The Juilliard School in New York in the fall of 2009.

Only two months after its inception, the trio was selected to represent Juilliard in a special concert in Mexico City on occasion of President Polisi's visit to Mexico. Lysander Trio was featured in several recitals at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, and in other venues throughout New York City. In April 2011, the group gave its debut recital in the Terrace Theater at Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Recitals in the 2011-2012 season include performances at the Treetops Chamber Music Society in Connecticut, the Harvard Club in NYC, Elmira College, NY, and the South Orange Performing Arts Center, NJ.

The Lysander Trio was recently selected to perform in masterclasses for Alfred Brendel, and for Ida Kavafian at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. At Juilliard, the group is currently working with Joseph Kalichstein of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, and previously studied with Ronald Copes of the Juilliard String Quartet, and with Seymour Lipkin.

The trio is named after a character from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, whose famous line "the course of true love never did run smooth" can serve as a useful reminder for a chamber group that aspires to longevity. The group members are violinist Itamar Zorman, cellist Michael Katz and pianist Liza Stepanova.